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Phoenix Man Sentenced to 96 Months Imprisonment for Conspiring to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

             PHOENIX, Ariz. – Kenneth Wayne Becketts, Jr., 32, of Phoenix, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 96 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor.  Becketts was also ordered to register as a sex offender.  

                 As part of the plea agreement, Becketts admitted to recruiting the underage victim to work as a prostitute, and posting advertisements on various web sites in December of 2011.

                 U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo stated, “We will not tolerate those who sexually exploit young women for financial gain.  This substantial prison sentence indicates to all that such acts of victimization will be vigorously prosecuted.”

                 The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Phoenix Police Department.  The prosecution was handled by Christine Ducat Keller, Rachel R. Stoddard, and Krissa Lanham, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-13-01637-PHX-SRB (DKD)

RELEASE NUMBER:   2015-026_Becketts

Updated March 31, 2015

Human Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2015-026_Becketts